Family Resources

At Best Friends, our families are our strength.  We are proud to include services to families as a part of our programs.  Please check this page often for educational opportunities, fun community events for your family, resources to help during times of need and ways to enjoy every stage of life with your kids. Is there something you need that’s not addressed here?  Our program managers might be able to help.  Please let us know if there’s a resource not listed by contacting us!   

 

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holiday resources

Are unexpected expenses making it difficult to provide for the holidays this year?  If you are a family with a child in one of the Best Friends mentoring programs, we may be able to help.  Information on referrals to the Neenah-Menasha Christmas Giving Program and Appleton Salvation Army Christmas Assistance Program will be available in the October “Best Friends Family Information” email.  Please watch your email for more information.


Trainings/Workshops

 
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FREE rent smart: helping to make renting a great experience for you
Fox valley technical college, room b128
december 12 & 13, 6-8:30pm
to register: https://bit.ly/2Jofo8h or call (920-832-4763)

Are you renting for the first time? Transitioning from home-ownership to renting? Dealing with poor rental or credit history? Learn how rent smart can help! What you will learn: Planning for and meeting monthly expenses, tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing, how to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants, strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors, responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants.


Fun Activities

 
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free a very merry christmas
downtown neenah
friday, december 7, 6-8pm

Experience a magical night at Future Neenah’s A Very Neenah Christmas, featuring activities the entire family will enjoy!

  • Community First Credit Union Rudolph Run starts at 6pm @ Shattuck Park  (pre-registration required)  REGISTER HERE

  • Lighting of Community Christmas Tree with sing along at conclusion of Rudolph Run (app. 6:15)

  • Santa & Mrs. Claus at Associated Bank

  • Live-Mannequin Window Displays throughout Downtown (see complete list of mannequin windows below)

  • Nicolet National Bank Ice Sculpture Garden and DJ in Gateway Plaza

  • Princesses & Holiday Craft inside Alta Resources building 101 W. WI

  • Hand Bell Choir-Fox Valley Christian Academy at Subway

  • Carolers throughout Downtown

  • Valley Academy for the Arts Dancers at the Ascension Clinic

  • Marshmallow Roasting sponsored by Pump N’ Munch at Future Neenah, 135 W. WI Ave.

  • Free Horse Drawn Carriage & Hay Wagon Rides sponsored by the Neenah Central City BID & BMO Harris Bank. Loading at Church & West Wisconsin.

  • WE Energies Cookie Books inside of Marketplace

  • Kettle Korn and Holiday Nut vendor on the 100 block of West Wisconsin Avenue

 
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fitness friday with absolute wellness
neenah public libarary, 240 e wisconsin ave, neenah
friday, december 7 through february 15, 9:15-10:00am
call (920) 886-6315 to register

Balance and Strength–Dec 7 and Jan 18
Stretch and Flow Yoga –Dec 21 and Feb 1
Full Body Barre–Jan 4 and Feb 15

 
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free luminaries
chatham court neighborhood
Monday, december 24, 5-11:59pm

49th Year!!! Drive by over 100 homes between South Park & Congress Street South of Cecil (Chatham Court Neighborhood Area) that have luminaries lite up to get in the holiday spirit!

 
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free holiday concert
menasha library, 440 1st st, menasha
saturday, december 8, 2:30-4pm

Get in the holiday spirit with an energizing and engaging performance by Menasha's very own award winning tribute artist, Elvis John. Join us for a concert of Elvis’ greatest hits and holiday favorites. It’s sure to be a magical afternoon you won’t want to miss!

Duration: 1 hour and a half.

Location: Company E Room.

All programs at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library are free and for everyone.  Those with special needs are encouraged to call the library office at 920.967.3662 within 24 hours of an event to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.  

Todos los programas de la Biblioteca Elisha D. Smith son gratuitos y para todos. Aquellos con necesidades especiales pueden llamar a la oficina de la biblioteca 920.967.3662 con 24 horas de anticipación a un evento para asegurar que las necesidades específicas  de parqueo, acceso al edificio o acceso a las salas de reunión puedan ser satisfechas.

 
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free santa visits the library
Menasha library, 440 1st st, Menasha
tuesday, december 11, 6:30-7:15pm

Come visit with Santa and have a treat. Fun for all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Menasha Public Library.

Featuring Otis Miller of Miller & Mike as Santa.

All library events are free and open to everyone.  Those with special needs are encouraged to call the library at 920.967.3662 within 24 hours of the event, to assure that specific needs with regards to parking, building and meeting room accessibility are met.

Todos los programas de la Biblioteca Elisha D. Smith son gratuitos y para todos. Aquellos con necesidades especiales pueden llamar a la oficina de la biblioteca 920.967.3662 con 24 horas de anticipación a un evento para asegurar que las necesidades específicas  de parqueo, acceso al edificio o acceso a las salas de reunión puedan ser satisfechas.

 
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free thursday night chess at the library
neenah Library, 2400 e Wisconsin Ave, Neenah
thursday nights, 6-8pm

The meetings are free, lessons are available to those who do no know how to play, and you can find an opponent who is just learning to experienced tournament level players.  It is held all Thursday nights that the library is open from 6-8PM upstairs.